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3226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 03:04:11 PM
^^He's got a point there.^^


40Hz and I are frequently on the same page ... But he insists on being adult about it.  Roll Eyes

 cheesy
3227  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Stoic Joker's (File & Folder) Fix When on: March 11, 2011, 02:42:22 PM
@rjbull - Cool!


Okay guys (you win), I'm trying to work on T-Clock ... But I'll put some notes in FixWhen's project file and put it back on the To-Do list.
3228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 02:30:47 PM
Sure, we have the Prius, but it's mostly a gimmick.  They put that out there for the people who make an extra effort to save the environment.

Don't you mean it's for people that want to make a show of pretending to save the environment?

I've never even heard of them before, but at 70+ miles per gallon according to wikipedia, and petrol being about 6 euro per gallon here, I'd be willing to make some sacrafices (are they really that slow to take off though lol)

Well... In a drag race between a Toyota Prius, and a 90 year old woman on a tricycle ... My money is on Granny all day long. Wink

Oh and 70+ mpg... Ha! not on this side of a laboratory. Try to get through town in a hurry and that thing will hit the 20s in a flash.

TopGear did a brisk driving gas milage test between a Prius and a 500HP BMW M5. The Prius Lost by 3 miles per gallon.
3229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safe use of USB drives? Is there anything like a USB sandbox application? on: March 11, 2011, 02:25:50 PM
What does the action (disabling USB ports) intend to protect the system from? Are they worried about a bug jumping off the drives on it's own? Disable autorun of USB drives.

Or are they worried of an intentional act (e.g. someone sets off bad program X)? Was the staff ever screened?

How often does what need to be copied off? Would a CD burner be an option?
3230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 02:06:34 PM
I think you're getting my comments about hydrogen wrong. I'm all for alternative energy sources, especially *truly renewable* and *primary* sources of energy. When I say "primary sources" what I mean are sources where you are directly converting an environmental resource (wind, sun, even coal) into energy that is then *directly* used.

All of which suck in the readily accessible department. Wind isn't exactly a constant, sun is only there for half the day, and coal is just too heavy to lug around. But all of these are good for making more portable fuels. Oh, and you missed water (hydro-electric damns anyone)

The problem with hydrogen as a "fuel source" is it is *not* readily available in a directly extractable form which can then be used directly as energy. As it stands now it is an *intermediary* or "secondary" energy source, in other words you have to produce energy in the first place *to* produce hydrogen which you then use to fuel something.

You see, I'm okay with that. If it's done properly, it creates jobs and utilizes materials that can't be run out of (hydroged<->water).

That introduces inefficiencies in the process, inefficiencies that are potentially unnecessary. Instead of having a hydrogen powered car (burning hydrogen) or even a hydrogen fuel cell car, instead use a pure electric car with modern battery technology. The Nissan Leaf is one example and it does fine for mileage and speed (for example it would handle my daily ~2hr, 90 miles total commute).

Okay, and the electricity to recharge the grossly underpowered vehicle comes from?

On the subject of "more difficult oil extraction is not my problem", you have to keep in mind that more difficult extraction generally also means more damaging to the environment, e.g. the reason the "Deep Water Horizon" spill was so bad and went on so long is it was drilled in *deep water*, which meant enormous pressures at the depth of the water where the entry was made, and hence much more difficult to repair, and also higher oil outflow rate. Another example is what is necessary to extract oil from "oil sands": http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ands#Environmental_issues

Um... no. The reason the oil is more difficult to extract, is because of the environmental safety constraints. (Note: I live in Florida...)

That whole fiasco was caused by (once-again-from-the-top-of-the-thread) greed.
- Oshyan
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3231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 01:18:13 PM
Sure, we have the Prius, but it's mostly a gimmick.  They put that out there for the people who make an extra effort to save the environment.

Don't you mean it's for people that want to make a show of pretending to save the environment?
3232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 01:11:42 PM
I sometimes almost wish they'd abandon fuel efficiency and conservation measures.

Because the way things usually work, we won't begin to seriously and collectively start identifying viable energy alternatives until we completely run out of fossil fuels.

"Necessity furthers. It is advantageous to have some goal in view." as the I Ching so nicely reminds us.

Man I'll sign that one in a heartbeat ... If I get stuck behind another jackass trying to peddal their Prius up a hill I'm gonna freaking loose it. For the love of DOYC there's 50 people trying to make it through the light in 8 seconds...Go!!! Erp-A-Derp....
3233  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 11, 2011, 11:44:25 AM
Cool, I gotta go check that out.
3234  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 11:38:34 AM
If rich are easy targets then the not rich (middle class, poor, etc.) are super duper mega easy targets.

Exactly, thread started with England being crippled by insane gas prices. The US has the same problem - number at the pump keeps trying to double. Why? GREED! Pure simple flat-out idiotic (screw-thy-fellow-man) greed!

There is no valid reason why gas should be more than $2 a gallon. Fair profits could still be made. But some clown came up with this "Fuel Shortage" nonsense back in the 70s, and that quickly paved the way for the rest of us to be bent over ever since. In the name of the ecology... Bullshit! The "shortage" was a nothing more than a political stunt to bleed more money out of people...And it is still going on.

The only reason we don't have fast, efficient, electric cars now is they are not done bleeding us dry for the old (dead dinosaur) technology.

Oh but how ever will those poor, poor oil barons manage to feed their families..? *Shrug* I don't know, maybe they can use some of the trillions of dollars they spent on sand to make islands shaped like freaking palm trees?
3235  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 11, 2011, 09:20:50 AM
Thanks for your prompt reply.

It should accept any character you put in, unless the character is one of the format specifiers. In which case you need to encase it in "quotes" to ge it to display as-is. Note: \n is a line break. Can you post the string you are trying to use?

The string is:
[copy or print]
dd/mm - hh:nn

And at the taskbar it looks like this:   


Hm... (Sadly, I had to go read the help file...(memory going)) The system default regional settings formatting superceeds (/is used by) the T-Clock format specifiers. If you close T-Clock, does the Window's clock display dd/mm or dd-mm? If you put the slashes in quotes (dd"/"mm) does it display correctly (as you want it to)?


Quote
That is most peculiar as it is supposed to be saving any configured timer until the Delete Timer X button next to the configured timers drop down menu is clicked. Other wise all timer configuration should be stored in the registry under:
HKCU\Software\Stoic Joker's\T-Clock 2010\Timers\TimerX [X being the timer number]

Scrolling through the configured timers dropdown menu should automatically display the options selected for that timer. Can you confirm that the timer config is getting stored in that registry location when a timer is started?

Nice, I can confirm confirm. I edited it through registry and now it "remembers" the settings.


Before you edited the registry, was the info garbled, or missing? What regional & language settings are you using? I'm trying to figure out how to reproduce this behavior.


Is it possible that the countdown timer instead of its own window, is shown next to the clock in the sys tray? Or to have the default option when I start the timer the window to show by default? Because now it shows only on demand.
IIRC there was something like that requested before, but I haven't had time to address it yet. But yes, the default timer behavior is a bit coy/odd/annoying...and something I've been meaning to address at some point.



Also what it is supposed to blink? As I do not see any blink.

Clock text gets flashes bright, dim, bright, dim (it can be a bit subtle with certain color combinations).
3236  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 11, 2011, 06:55:22 AM
- Each time I launch a new timer, I have to re-enter the wav file, to check the Repeat/Blink checkboxes and the minutes to start count down always set to 10. Is there a way to remember the previous timer's settings? So when I press the hotkey there will be 3 minutes, 30 seconds, the alarm wav file selected and both check boxes checked?

That is most peculiar as it is supposed to be saving any configured timer until the Delete Timer X button next to the configured timers drop down menu is clicked. Other wise all timer configuration should be stored in the registry under:
HKCU\Software\Stoic Joker's\T-Clock 2010\Timers\TimerX [X being the timer number]

Scrolling through the configured timers dropdown menu should automatically display the options selected for that timer. Can you confirm that the timer config is getting stored in that registry location when a timer is started?

- Tclock properties> time format>custom format: it does not accept the dash / key as a day separator, though it accepts \   Is this normal behavior?

It should accept any character you put in, unless the character is one of the format specifiers. In which case you need to encase it in "quotes" to ge it to display as-is. Note: \n is a line break. Can you post the string you are trying to use?
3237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 10, 2011, 10:28:12 PM
I say we impose a "plutocracy tax" on the rich and let their wealth bring down/pay for higher crude! (In the US, they just buy the candidates who will vote exactly how they want -- if not this election, surely the next.) It's depressing to be at the mercy of idiots.

+1  Thmbsup
3238  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 10, 2011, 10:25:53 PM
This happens only with Segoe fonts. Others like Tahoma or Verdana don't have this problem.

After looking into this, I've come to the unfortunate conclusion that the Segoe fonts are simply incompatable. The purpose of the font quality option selection was to resolve the fuzzy font issues that were caused by differences between Windows versions...(No single option remained clear from Win2k - 7)...Which it did for the most part, allowing each OS to get its own "best" setting. Unfortunately there aren't any other options for rendering fonts available.
3239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 10, 2011, 10:13:30 PM
1) Technology to use things as simple as tap water for fuel have existed for years but often dismissed for various reason like limited mileage and other - in my estimation - 'fixable' reasons.

On the water front I'm a big fan of hydrogen. It can be used in existing reciprocal combustion engines, and electric cars with hydrogen fuel cells. Not to mention it's virtually impossible to run out of.
3240  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 10, 2011, 07:27:45 PM
Speaking of dangerous driving behavior ... Can we agree that it should be perfectly legal to ram anyone that is hypermiling during rush hour?
3241  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fox Sends DMCA Takedown To Google To Remove Link To DMCA Takedown Sent By Fox on: March 10, 2011, 12:54:50 PM
Nice of them to list all of the links to be taken down in the take-down notice ... One-stop shopping anyone...
3242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Five Reasons Why People Hate Apple on: March 10, 2011, 07:39:39 AM
Bonjour has got to be one of the most useless, chatty, unsecure POS excuses for a protocol I have ever encountered. Service advertisement, addressing & name resolution all rolled into one "tidy" package (kinda like a used diaper) ... It's no wonder they suck at doing anything on the wire, they've been blinded at birth.
3243  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Five Reasons Why People Hate Apple on: March 10, 2011, 07:01:11 AM
I got stuck on-site with a (Snow Leopard) Mac user who was trying to get a copy of Quark 6.5 to Print. Now Mind you everything else on the machine could print fine. But the older version of Quark couldn't quite make it past Bonjour to actually get to the printer - Because Bonjour kept moving the target and insisting it need to be redefined.

This cycle repeated every time the user restarted the application. Even if nothing changed, except a refresh of the DHCP assigned IP address. Bonjour (like an idiotic puppy) went romping off to "find" everything again to see where it had gone... Even though the printer, which is statically address, didn't/hasn't/can't move!!!

Now I realize that Apple thinks backward compatability is bad for sales ... But creating a protocol that automagically breaks things? Damn ... If that's their definition of "easy"... I'd much rather do it the hard way.
3244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 06:31:08 PM
What about testing for the logon window name, sending the u/p directly to the appropriate fields, and then posting the LBM message directly to the windows message queue?

That's only going to work for Classic logon though isn't it, (where you type in a user name)?

Pretty sure my friend's only interested in using the Welcome screen.

Welcome screen should also be a window (of sorts), and considering it is rather mandatory on the newer OS's it's probably worth considering (...Then again I should probably consider being quiet smiley )

Forgot to mention, I haven't tried to send a password into the prompt yet because I completely forgot  embarassed
I was just testing with two non-password accounts but I just tried it with a password and it worked.

That would seem to imply you are in the right place.

Damnit I wish I had time to play with this (office has me pinned to the wall).
3245  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Stoic Joker's (File & Folder) Fix When on: March 09, 2011, 05:07:10 PM
One feature that might be nice is the ability to filter it to only touch files within a certain date range -- that would make it useful for "fixing" bad file/date timestamps.

I've been mulling this one over, mainly trying to figure out when someone would need to do that. It is do-able...However time is a factor. So I'm not sure when I could get to it.

If anyone else is interested in this feature, speak now! ...So I can figure out how (/if) to prioritize it.
3246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 11:57:51 AM
SJ: that shouldn't be possible - at least not directly. Winlogon runs on a separate desktop (the NT object type, not "background where your wallpapers go").

If you elevate your application to LOCALSYSTEM privileges, everything is possible, but that's nasty hackery.

<I could be off base, but I think we're talking about a service, not an application>

True, but once you go down the interact with the login desktop road, you have to be on it to interact with it. So why not just cut to the chase and access the login window directly?

If you got to be there to get there why not act like you belong there? Ya know?
3247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 07:01:53 AM
Hm... While we got f0dder here ... smiley ...What about testing for the logon window name, sending the u/p directly to the appropriate fields, and then posting the LBM message directly to the windows message queue? Would that be easier/more reliable (no different resolutions move targets issues), or just harder to pull off?
3248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 08, 2011, 08:37:09 AM
Well, it would be possible to do, even if there's no current supported method - who's up for writing a custom GINA? smiley

I ran across something (article on TechNet) a while back (wish I could remember where) that said that MS had depricated the GINA in favor of something new in Vista & 7. This change also affected XP some time after SP2.

I do recall it being tied into the (for security) services/session 0 isolation changes.
3249  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 08, 2011, 07:50:17 AM
Is that possible under Windows?

My guess would be no. It will (most likely) run into the same roadblocks the WiFi detector project ran into.

I know you can set a automated login but there's no way to delay it AFAIK.

Nothing native I'm aware of either.

Or is it possible to set a login using a specific user account via the boot.ini menu?

Outside of a 2nd OS that was set to auto-login, no.
3250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7 XP mode on: March 08, 2011, 06:37:23 AM
(*): when lawyers are involved, I'd prefer gunpoint to standpoint.

 Thmbsup

...I gotta write that one down!  cheesy
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